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Archive for the ‘Gala’ Category

 

What a night!

February 11, 2021

Our 30th Anniversary Gala last Saturday was an incredible success.  Our deepest appreciation goes out to our sponsors, host committee members, and all our guests who joined us for the celebration!  Because of their generosity of spirit, we raised the funds Equality Illinois needs year round to fight for the civil rights of LGBTQ Illinoisans!

If you weren’t able to join us the night of the Gala (or just want to enjoy it all again!), you can watch the event on YouTube HERE

#EIGala

 

So many Champions!

February 9, 2021

Today we are able to do more for LGBTQ+ Illinoisans because our generous sponsors have stepped up to champion our community. We thank all of these organizations and companies for their continued support prioritizing LGBTQ+ communities all across Illinois.

#EIGala

 

What’s for dinner during the Gala? We have some ideas!

January 22, 2021

The countdown to the big day is on! Enjoy the Gala on February 6 while supporting LGBTQ-owned restaurants with a special custom meal from your choice of Illinois restaurants. You can pre-order your Gala feast for delivery or pickup directly from Lady Gregory’sThe Birdcage or Wilde Chicago. We are proud to promote these LGBTQ businesses who need our support now more than ever!   

       

Please note that all transactions will take place directly between you and your restaurant of choice – ordering through Equality Illinois is not an option.

Get your 30th Anniversary Gala ticket TODAY!

 

 

EI 30th Anniversary Gala Silent Auction is open!

January 12, 2021

A villa in Tuscany!  A trip to the Grammys!  A private Sing-A-Long with a Broadway Star!

Equality Illinois 30th Anniversary Gala Silent Auction is open! Register now for our silent auction and browse all of the exciting packages. The silent auction will remain open until the end of the Gala on February 6, 2021, 8PM Central time. If you are the winning bidder, your credit card will be automatically charged and you will be contacted by Monday, February 8, 2021 with information on how to obtain your silent auction package.

Click the button below to register for the silent auction!

Bid often and generously! Your silent auction donation supports the ongoing LBGTQ civil rights work of Equality Illinois Institute.

Good luck! 

 


Equality Illinois 30th Anniversary Virtual Gala Trailer!

January 11, 2021

On February 6th, Equality Illinois is hosting our 30th Anniversary Virtual Gala, presented by Molson Coors Beverage Company.

Called the “who’s who of Illinois politics” by ABC News, the Equality Illinois Annual Gala is one of the preeminent LGBTQ equality events in the country. This year’s historic virtual gala promises an evening of entertainment, fun, and nostalgia.

To Sponsor, join the Host Committee, or purchase a ticket, click button below

 

Equality Illinois 30th Anniversary Gala Silent Auction

January 5, 2021

A villa in Tuscany!  A trip to the Grammys!  A private Sing-A-Long with a Broadway Star!

Equality Illinois 30th Anniversary Gala Silent Auction is open!

The silent auction will remain open until the end of the Gala on February 6, 2021, 8PM Central time. If you are the winning bidder, your credit card will be automatically charged and you will be contacted by Monday, February 8, 2021 with information on how to obtain your silent auction package.

Click button to register for the silent auction!

Bid often and generously! Your silent auction donation supports the ongoing LBGTQ civil rights work of Equality Illinois Institute.

Good luck!

 

Your Chance to Win a Luxury Vacation in Bali!

December 21, 2020

Equality Illinois is excited to offer you a chance to win a luxury vacation: Private Villa in Bali!
Getaway to a one-of-a-kind villa in magical Bali, the most famous island in Indonesia, which blends breathtaking mountain scenery and beautiful beaches with warm friendly people, and vibrant culture!

You can purchase raffle tickets online at 2021 Gala Raffle until January 20, 2021, 5PM CT. For every one raffle ticket you purchase, your name is entered once for a chance to win. Raffle tickets are $50 each.

 

Your raffle donation supports the ongoing LBGTQ civil rights work of Equality Illinois Institute.

 

Equality Illinois 30th Anniversary Gala

December 16, 2020

We are excited to announce that we will have a surprise performance by a Grammy-winning musician for the Equality Illinois 30th Anniversary Gala on February 6th

Called the “who’s who of Illinois politics” by ABC News, the Equality Illinois gala sells out one of the largest hotels in Chicago each year and has become a national draw. This historic virtual gala promises an evening of entertainment, fun, and nostalgia. To find out who the Grammy-Winning Musician is you must purchase a ticket.

To Sponsor, join the Host Committee, or purchase a ticket, click here.

 


THANK YOU!

February 2, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us at Saturday night’s historic Gala. We were honored to recognize Tracy Baim with our Freedom Award and the Rainbow Cafe with our Organization Award. Our deepest appreciation goes out to the sponsors, table hosts, volunteers, and inspiring speakers who all made the night so special.

Equality Illinois Director of Public Policy Michael Ziri joins Gov. JB Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot at the Equality Illinois Gala on Feb. 1, 2020

We hope you were inspired by the remarks by Gov. Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot and by the path forward for Equality Illinois this upcoming year set out by CEO Brian C. Johnson.

Want to relive some of the magic or experience it if you were unable to make it to the Hilton Chicago? Check out our impact video HERE, and search the hashtag #EIGala on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more of the fun.

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Gala Honors Tracy Baim and Rainbow Cafe

January 31, 2020

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and more than 70 other elected officials and candidates will be among the 1,500 participants at the Equality Illinois 2020 Gala on Saturday that will honor Rainbow Cafe of Carbondale, Illinois and Chicago Reader Publisher Tracy Baim. Some of the world’s most recognizable corporate and brand names are among the sponsors of the event, including presenting sponsor United Airlines.

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2019 Gala Raffle

January 24, 2019

Win a dream: TWO round-trip, Premium Cabin tickets to any destination that United Airlines serves. 
Taxes, fees and restrictions apply

Equality Illinois is excited to offer YOU a chance to win a dream: TWO round-trip, Premium Cabin tickets to any destination that United Airlines serves. Taxes, fees and restrictions apply.

From Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 10:00am CST to Thursday, January 31st at 4:00pm CST, you’re able to secure your chance to win by purchasing raffle tickets online. 

You can also purchase raffle tickets in person at the 2019 Equality Illinois Gala on February 2, 2019 at the Hilton Chicago.

For every one raffle ticket you purchase, your name is entered once for a chance to win these Premium Cabin tickets United donated to Equality Illinois. The drawing will be done at the Gala, but you need not be present to win.

Your raffle donation supports the ongoing LGBTQ civil rights work of Equality Illinois Institute.

 

Equality Illinois 2019 Gala

January 8, 2019

GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!!!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

President Obama named him one of four Democrats who represented the future of the Democratic Party and the New York Times ran a column saying that he could be the nation’s “first gay President.”

South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg, a rising national star among Democrats, will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Gala presented by United, set to begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 2 at the Hilton Chicago.

This year’s Gala is chaired by community leader Nabeela Rasheed and is on track to be one of our most successful and vibrant yet! Each year we award inspirational leaders and organizations whose selfless work helps create a world that is healthy, just and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. This year for their dedication to social justice and equality, Channyn Lynne Parker of Howard Brown’s Broadway Youth Center, and Danny Wirtz the Vice-Chairman of Breakthru Beverage Group will be the recipients of the 2019 Equality Illinois Freedom Award. The Equality Illinois Organization Leadership Award, given annually to organizations that demonstrate remarkable vision, courage, and leadership in the efforts to achieve full equality for LGBTQ individuals in Illinois, will be presented to Illinois AFL-CIO.

 


Equality Illinois 2019 Gala

January 3, 2019

2019 GALA SPECIAL GUEST ANNOUCEMENT COMING SOON!!!

We are just 30 days away from the largest LGBTQ equality event in the Midwest! Have you LOCK in your tickets???

This year’s Gala is chaired by community leader Nabeela Rasheed, and is on track to be one of our most successful and vibrant yet!  Each year we award inspirational leaders and organizations whose selfless work helps create a world that is healthy, just and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. This year we will celebrate and honor Channyn Lynne Parker, Danny Wirtz, and the Illinois AFL-CIO.

 

Equality Illinois 2019 Gala

December 13, 2018

Now is the time to LOCK in your tickets and seating for the largest LGBTQ equality event in the Midwest and one of the largest in the country!

WE invite YOU to Equality Illinois’ 2019 Gala presented by United Airlines and hosted by Hilton Chicago taking place Feb 2, 2019.

This year’s Gala is chaired by community leader Nabeela Rasheed, and is on track to be one of our most successful and vibrant yet!  Each year we award inspirational leaders and organizations whose selfless work helps create a world that is healthy, just and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. This year we will celebrate and honor Channyn Lynne Parker, Danny Wirtz, and the Illinois AFL-CIO.

 

Help Illinois to Become Fully Equal

February 26, 2018

Want to know why we fight for LGBTQ equality?

“It is the daily practice of our equality that helps Illinois become the state she is destined to be – fully equal and accepting of all,” says Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois.

Please take a few minutes to watch Brian’s recent comments at the 2018 Equality Illinois Gala.

 

THANK YOU!

February 4, 2018

 


Tonight – Sold Out Gala to Feature Bipartisan Support for LGBTQ Rights

February 3, 2018

Tonight, a full house of nearly 1,500 people is expected at the 2018 Equality Illinois Gala to hear about the successes and ongoing challenges of building a stronger Illinois in the face of national headwinds against LGBTQ civil rights.

The gala, which benefits the yearlong statewide LGBTQ civil rights work of Equality Illinois Institute, will recognize Planned Parenthood of Illinois, transgender youth activist Jazz Jennings, and longtime LGBTQ activist Jim Bennett. Guests will also hear from three Illinois residents who will speak on the multidimensional work of the organization and how their lives have been directly impacted by it.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and 100 other elected officials and candidates will be introduced, plus community members, dignitaries, and allied supporters plan to attend the gala at the Hilton Chicago.

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Gala tickets SOLD OUT! Thank you.

January 23, 2018

 

Lock in your tickets for Feb. 3 Equality Illinois 2018 Gala

January 3, 2018

In less than a month, more than 1,200 LGBTQ Illinoisans and allies gather on Feb. 3 for the Equality Illinois 2018 Gala, the Midwest’s largest LGBTQ soirée.

Now is the time to lock in your tickets and seating at eqil.org/2018gala. The gala benefits the ongoing LGBTQ civil rights work of Equality Illinois.

The celebration at the Hilton Chicago Hotel includes honors for longtime LGBTQ activist Jim Bennett, Planned Parenthood of Illinois and transgender youth activist Jazz Jennings, the luxury silent auction, and dancing till midnight.

 

Equality Illinois to Honor Transgender Youth Activist Jazz Jennings at Gala

November 30, 2017

Jazz Jennings

For her activism on behalf of her fellow transgender youth, Jazz Jennings will be honored at the 2018 Equality Illinois Gala as the first recipient of the Spotlight Award.

The presentation of the Equality Illinois Spotlight Award will be made at the Midwest’s largest LGBTQ formal celebration, to be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Hilton Chicago, Equality Illinois announced Thursday.

“From a very young age, Jazz was proud and open about being a transgender person, and through the force of her personality she has educated Americans about the challenges, hopes, and dreams of transgender people,” said Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois. “We are thrilled to be able to honor her at our 2018 Gala.”

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United Airlines is the Presenting Sponsor of the 2018 Gala

September 29, 2017

United Airlines is the Presenting Sponsor of the 2018 Equality Illinois Gala, the Midwest’s largest LGBTQ formal celebration, to be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Hilton Chicago. Gala information, including tickets, is at equalityillinois.org/2018gala.

The Gala is the single-largest fundraising event for the Equality Illinois Institute, which funds the ongoing educational and outreach work for LGBTQ equality throughout the state of Illinois.

“Illinois-based United Airlines, the Presenting Sponsor of the Gala and the Exclusive Airline of Equality Illinois since 2014, is a longtime champion of our work and of LGBTQ rights,” said Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois. “It was one of the earliest U.S. corporations to prohibit discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation and, later, gender identity.”

Gregory D. Jones, Chief Diversity Officer of United Airlines, said, “At United, we pride ourselves on being as diverse as the communities we serve around the globe. From our headquarters in Illinois to our operations around the globe, the 90,000 members of the United family act as ambassadors for the core values of dignity, equality, and opportunity in the workplace. These are values United not only shares with Equality Illinois but which we have advanced together. But, we know our work is far from done, which is why we reaffirm our commitment as the official Airline Sponsor and Presenting Sponsor of Equality Illinois and its annual gala.”

GALA INFO

 

EI Gala to Salute LGBTQ Rights Activist Jim Bennett

September 28, 2017

The Equality Illinois Freedom Award, which honors individuals who demonstrate remarkable vision, courage, and leadership in the effort to achieve full equality for LGBTQ individuals in Illinois, will be presented to Jim Bennett at the 2018 Equality Illinois Gala.

The gala will be held on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 in the Hilton Chicago. Gala information, including tickets, is at equalityillinois.org/2018gala.

For more than a decade as Midwest Regional Director and recently as Chief Development Officer, Bennett has contributed his strong and powerful voice for our community through his work at Lambda Legal, the nation’s largest legal organization dedicated to securing the full civil rights of the LGBTQ community and people with HIV.

“We will always be grateful to Jim for taking on the Herculean task of chairing the Illinois Unites for Marriage coalition, which pulled together LGBTQ organizations, Republicans and Democrats, labor and business and many more for the successful campaign to win marriage equality in Illinois,” said Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois.

Bennett, reacting to the honor, reflected on the importance of the statewide work of Equality Illinois. “Springfield is my hometown. When I came out, I did what ‘everyone does’, I moved to Chicago. I am thankful to Equality Illinois for always seeing Illinois as one state, and I’m thrilled to be part of their efforts to make sure equality reaches all the way across the Land of Lincoln because we really are everywhere,” Bennett said.

“No matter how good we’ve done as a movement in gaining political power and public acceptance, we still find ourselves too often on the outside. We need to know how to play the game as insiders and how to fight for our rights in the streets. I am thankful that Equality Illinois has my back. They are pros at working with our leaders in the General Assembly to stop bad legislation from seeing the light of day and moving good bills. I feel protected.”

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Equality Illinois Gala to Honor Planned Parenthood of Illinois

September 27, 2017

The Equality Illinois Business Leadership Award, given annually to organizations that demonstrate remarkable vision, courage, and leadership in the effort to achieve full equality for LGBTQ individuals in Illinois, will be presented to Planned Parenthood of Illinois at the 2018 Equality Illinois Gala.

The gala will be held on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 in the Hilton Chicago. Gala information, including tickets, is at equalityillinois.org/2018gala.

“We are proud to honor Planned Parenthood for a century of providing access to sexual and reproductive health care and information, often facing tremendous challenges, and more recently for offering transgender health care services including hormone therapy in health centers in Chicago and central Illinois,” said Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois.

Jennifer Welch, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood of Illinois, said, “Planned Parenthood believes that LGBTQ rights and reproductive rights are deeply connected to civil rights for all. We have long stood with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the struggle for full equality. PPIL will continue to be a strong and passionate advocate for policies that enable ALL Illinoisans to access comprehensive reproductive and sexual health care. I am so proud of the work PPIL is doing to provide quality care to anyone who needs it, no matter who they love, where they live, or how they identify. It is essential that we strive to make every patient feel welcome, comfortable, and cared for.”

GALA INFO

 

Call to Action Issued at Equality Illinois Gala

February 8, 2017

“We live in scary times,” Equality Illinois CEO Brian C. Johnson told the crowd Saturday night at his first gala as CEO.

And with that preamble, Johnson issued a call to action for the 1,200 people at the Equality Illinois 2017 Gala and the millions of other Illinoisans who support justice, fairness, and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people and also for everyone marginalized by the rhetoric and actions of the new administration in Washington.

‘We will play our role, and we will play it vigorously,” Johnson promised, committing Equality Illinois to an aggressive agenda focusing on that will help make “Illinois more fair for LGBTQ people in places our stakeholders tell us they are hurting the most–in schools, in their access to health care, and in the criminal justice system.”

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Gala Celebrants Send Messages About LGBTQ Equality

February 5, 2017

From a U.S. senator to gala celebrants to volunteers, the Equality Illinois 2017 Gala Saturday night was filled with love for LGBTQ Americans and the many communities we intersect that have come under attack from the new administration, including refugees and immigrants, women, and people from all races, nationalities and religions.

Thank you to everyone for a fabulous evening, made even more exciting by the messages you shared.

As Senator Tammy Duckworth wrote, “I showed up at the #EIGala tonight because LGBTQ rights R Human Rights! (also a great party!)”

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